Adams recommends no condos for armory development
by Patrick Kearns
Sep 05, 2017 | 2072 views | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Borough President Eric Adams is recommending that any redevelopment of the Bedford Union Armory avoid the development of market-rate condos, and that the city maintain ownership of the site.

Back in May, Adams joined other elected officials in announcing their opposition to the plan, a joint venture by the Economic Development Corporation and BRC Partners, which calls for 330 rental units, 60 condominiums, and a 45,000-square-foot recreational facility for the former armory at the corner of Bedford Avenue and President Street.

“My recommendations for the future of the Bedford Union Armory site are based on thousands of community voices that I have heard through various channels over the past several years,” said Adams.

Adams emphasized the need for full transparency in the development of the site, including a full release of the financials associated with the project.

“Local residents of Crown Heights and all Brooklynites deserve transparency,” Adams said. “It is important that we have as much information as possible before any final decision is made on these applications.”

Instead of leveraging market-rate housing to offset the costs of recreation space, Adams suggested creating tiers of affordable housing, with the higher tiers helping subsidize some of the recreation space costs.

Adams also recommended that 20 percent of the units become part of a city’ initiative to provide newly constructed rental units to homeless individuals and families.

The proposal will reviewed by the City Planning Commission on September 19, and then will head to the City Council for a final determining vote.

“This is our opportunity to get this right,” said Adams. “This process has gone through years of debate, emotions, and public scrutiny, both for and against the development. We must ultimately come together and find the right balance that is the ideal solution for the future of Crown Heights.”
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